Useful Guide To Passport Application
To begin with, the Western hemisphere Travel Initiative of 2007 requires that any person travelling to the United States from any country in the world must hold and show a valid passport before they are allowed to enter the country.
It can be quite challenging to get a passport especially if you are doing so for the first time. Submitting the documents and filling of the required forms for the first time is what can be a challenge for some people.Having said that, it is important to always remember that the process of getting a passport is not supposed to give you unnecessary pressure or confusion. The tips that follow can be really valuable and helpful in easily getting the passport you want.
The first step in planning to get your passport is to pick the correct form to fill. This is important because there are three similar main forms available for filling and each form serves different purposes. The different forms include one for passport renewal, then another one for passport replacement and finally one for new applications for the passport. The form that is supposed to be filled by applicants who need a new passport is referred to as Form DS-11. To get the form you just need to visit the US Department of State’s website and download it unlike in the past where you were required to travel all the way to the passport office near you. Once you have accessed the form in the website you have the option of filling it there before printing it or you could fill a downloaded form by use of a pen. After obtaining a filled form you need to attach the required documents before you can submit it for processing either through expedition or the routine processing. Routine processing is generally suited for you if you do not plan to use your passport for travelling within ten weeks from the time of application. This is because routine processing of passport takes around four to six weeks to be completed. As for the expedited passports, they take a maximum of four weeks and you can apply for the passport using this method.
You must be willing to spend more money if you need the passport ready in less time. That is why you will spend more if you opt for passport expedition and less if you use a routine passport application.
In order to get the passport on time and conveniently use it, you should by all means possible plan to apply for passport ahead of time. It is advisable to also apply for the children’s passports even if you do not have plans to travel with them.